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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why Impact Assessments Are Good for Non-Profits but Bad for Business

Source: The Guardian

By Erik Simanis: Impact assessments are a powerful – and necessary – part of a non-profit’s tool kit. Rigorously measuring how and how much a program solves a social ill and betters the lives of the poor ensures continual improvement. Impact assessments also serve as a report card back to the funders of non-profits. They assure donors that grant funds are being maximised and used for the purpose intended.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Here’s how one green group got its investments out of dirty energy

Source: Grist

The Oregon Environmental Council had a problem. It was late last year, and the nonprofit’s board finance committee was reviewing the performance of its endowment fund, which was invested in various stocks and bonds and mutual funds.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Citi looks to tech and non-profits to drive financial inclusion; Gates talks bitcoin and biometrics

Source: Finextra

Citi is working with non-profit organisation Catalyst Miami on a tech-based financial inclusion programme that it believes could be replicated across the country.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Profit vs non-profit: Why this Ugandan enterprise is no longer an NGO

Source: How We Made It In Africa

Thursday, August 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola crisis provides glimpse into Samaritan’s Purse, SIM

Source: Washington Post

Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA were instrumental in the evacuation of two U.S. missionaries from West Africa. These religious relief groups maintain a low profile in the U.S. but are often on the front line of public health crises. Health organizations and leaders of affected areas are also working to contain the deadly outbreak. Here are the key players.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Students Don't Have To Drop Out To Thrive As Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

For young social entrepreneurs, fellowships such as Thiel, Ashoka, and Echoing Green provide guidance and resources that can be essential for launching their projects without having a college affiliation.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Few Simple Tricks Make Starting A Business Overseas Cheap And Easy

Source: Fast CoExist

Zoe Cohen produces her Zoko Bags from Kenya. Here's how she got her start as a destination entrepreneur.
Friday, August 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Obama’s “New Africa” Deliver on Its Promises?

Source: IPS News

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 2014 (IPS) - As the three-day U.S- Africa Leaders Summit here drew to a close Wednesday, experts across the private, public and non-profit sectors continued to debate the opportunities and obstacles posed by the U.S’ expanding business partnership with Africa.
Monday, August 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama's Africa legacy moment?

Source: Devex

U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to three African countries last summer might have been dubbed the “trade not aid” tour.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Social Impact Bonds: Phantom of the Nonprofit Sector

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

What issue could bring Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) into bipartisan partnership? Social impact bonds (SIBs)—or pay-for-success (PFS), depending on one’s preferred terminology.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tech Entrepreneur Priya Haji, Founder And CEO Of SaveUp, Has Passed Away At 44

Source: TechCrunch

Priya Haji, a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur known for her focus on socially-minded ventures in both the for-profit and non-profit spaces, most recently as CEO and co-founderof personal financial savings app SaveUp, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 14th at the age of 44.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

What social nonprofits can teach the corporate world

Source: Fortune

Going forward, for-profit enterprises will need to collaborate with other groups to do things like product design and manufacturing. Social enterprises have mastered this.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Corporate ‘Prizes’ Driving Innovation

Source: Pro Bono Australia

As the global trend for corporate prize winning competitions to drive innovation increases, a new US report offers guidance for the public sector, Not for Profits and philanthropic foundations on cultivating the winning opportunities.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact investing: What’s in it for your nonprofit?

Source: Devex

Are you a nongovernmental organization wondering how to benefit from impact investors?
Monday, June 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Somaly Mam: The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking

Source: Newsweek

Nestled on the banks of the Mekong River, Thloc Chhroy looks like the typical rural Cambodian village. Mango trees thick with fruit are everywhere.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: We're All Liars: Creative Storytelling Is the Nonprofit Sector's Drug of Choice

Source: Huffington Post

On May 21, 2014, Newsweek funneled years of speculation and doubt into a single piece that, once and for all, brought the legendary Somaly Mam into the spotlight for a type of fraud that has become the Achilles heal of the nonprofit world.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit?

Source: The Atlantic

The troubling allure of turning philanthropy into consumer activity
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Inspired by a plastic bag’s potential, nonprofit trains mothers in Ghana

Source: PBS Newshour

Friends Rebecca Brandt and Callie Brauel quickly learned two things while they were studying and volunteering in Ghana’s capital Accra: Everyone drinks water out of disposable bags, which end up discarded in the streets, and tens of thousands of children were living on the streets.
Monday, May 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reform to boost not-for-profits

Source: Vietnam Net

Amendments to the 2005 Enterprise Law aim to enable social enterprises to operate more efficiently, Director of the Central Institute for Economic Management, Nguyen Dinh Cung, told the Viet Nam Investment Review.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

When Philanthropists Give Directly, Are Climate Dividends Next?

Source: Huffington Post

International development philanthropies have been testing out a simple solution to a complex problem. Can we help the poorest people in the world by just giving them money? If so, how about giving them money with no strings attached? An idea that simple to solve a problem that complex must be met with skepticism, especially from groups that thrive in the existing top-down international development aid structure.
Friday, May 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bumps and Slowdowns in UK Social Impact Bonds

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

At a recent program of Georgetown Law School and Independent Sector on the for-profit social enterprise dynamic in the U.S., the gap between the hype and the reality of social impact bonds was evident
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ethiopia most successful in Africa at cutting maternal deaths - NGO

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pregnancy-related deaths in Ethiopia have fallen by nearly two-thirds, making it the African country that has most successfully lowered its maternal mortality rate thanks to its lifesaving investment in female health workers and girls’ education, Save the Children said on Tuesday.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can a tool for doctors 'fix' evidence-based foreign aid?

Source: Devex

As development institutions like the World Bank look for ways to make their projects and interventions more evidence-based, development practitioners have run into a problem faced by doctors a generation ago.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda police raid U.S. military AIDS clinic, order it shut

Source: Erasing 76 Crimes

Activists in Uganda report that plain-clothes police raided a U.S. military-affiliated AIDS services clinic in Kampala today, accused it of promoting homosexuality, and ordered it to close.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

Oxfam Vietnam Will Begin Investing in Social Enterprises

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

Oxfam’s office in Vietnam has launched a new impact investing program to support social enterprises in the country.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

The White House’s new $65.8M Social Innovation Fund competition is the largest to date

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

The 2014 competition, which was officially announced this week, will provide up to $65.8 million to grantmakers.
Friday, February 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sustainable Harvest-Rwanda Launches First Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda

Source: Press Release

On February 18 and 19, Sustainable Harvest Inc., through its nonprofit entity, Relationship Coffee Institute, will launch its Rwanda operation with the first Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda event, convening in partnership with Women for Women International (WfWI). Sustainable Harvest’s relationship coffee initiative in Rwanda is funded by a three-year grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Disrupting The Pharmaceutical Industry To Save The World From Diarrhea

Source: Ariel Schwartz, Co.Exist

Pharmaceutical companies like to focus on developing two kinds of drugs: blockbuster drugs that lots of people use (like Lipitor), and more recently, extremely expensive niche drugs. Drugs targeted specifically for common afflictions that affect the developing world aren't as profitable and are often left out of the picture entirely. Global health nonprofit Path is trying to change that with an ambitious drug development program that targets diseases like kala-azar (also known as black fever disease), malaria, HIV, and diarrheal diseases, such as cholera.
Monday, September 30, 2013 — South Asia

Sucre Blue sets up affordable, community health care in India

Source: MSNBC

Erin Little’s inspiration to establish India’s Sucre Blue stemmed from the problems she encountered with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis during her childhood. “It was getting to a point where it was really, really hard to take care of myself,” Little told MSNBC about her health insurance costs.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Raikes steps down as CEO of Gates Foundation

Source: PC World

Former Microsoft exec Jeff Raikes said Tuesday that he would step down as the chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, theoretically freeing himself up as Microsoft searches for a new CEO.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — South Asia

Matt Damon Tries to Get Clean Water and Toilets for India’s Poor

Source: The New York Times

Matt Damon finds it a challenge to get people to care about water. It’s why he was in India from Aug. 23 to 26 on a four-day tour. Not to promote his latest film Elysium, a sci-fi dystopia with a socialist underpinning, but to help the rural and urban poor in India get access to clean water and sanitation by investing in tube wells, hand pumps and toilets with proper drainage facilities.
Friday, July 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Harvard Business School program helps build nonprofit management skills

Source: The Boston Globe

One group described a venture capital model that helped allocate resources. Another examined the benefits of mergers and acquisitions. The role of board members came up often. These subjects have all been discussed for generations at Harvard Business School, wrapped in case studies that help prepare students to become future captains of industry and finance.
Monday, July 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Entrepreneur Transforms a Nonprofit Into a Profit-Making Enterprise

Source: The New York Times

Last week, we published a case study about a social entrepreneur, Saul Garlick, discussing what kind of legal structure would be best for his enterprise, ThinkImpact, which encourages entrepreneurship in third-world communities. He fundamentally had three options: continue as a nonprofit, go commercial, or find some sort of hybrid route.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social Innovation in Africa: When a Young Girl and Prime Minister Share a Vision to Fight Illiteracy

Source: Huffington Post

Fighting illiteracy and advancing social innovation in Africa are different sides of the same coin. Worldreader joins the two visions with a scalable approach.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

At Grameen Foundation, an international nonprofit becomes a software developer

Source: The Washington Post

The Grameen Foundation was providing health care to pregnant women in Ghana in 2010 when the organization had an idea: As cellphones become more widely available in developing nations, health information can be quickly disseminated to poor patients in remote locations via voice and text messaging.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

Source: Science Speaks Blog

Will the U.S. government's fiscal cliff deal mean steep drops in global health and research funding?
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — No Region Specified

In New Brand of Philanthropy, Nonprofits Invest in For-Profits

Source: DealBook

When the W. K. Kellogg Foundation set aside $100 million in 2007 to invest in companies that could produce both social and financial benefits, it was considered revolutionary. Historically, major foundations had used mainly stocks, bonds, real estate and other traditional asset classes to build their endowments.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 — South Asia

Goonj founder this year’s top social entrepreneur

Source: Hindustan Times

Almost 13 years ago an idea then considered a ‘non-issue’, fructified into an NGO — Goonj, got recognised on Tuesday evening, as its founder Anshu Gupta was adjudged the ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2012”.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Coke Applies Supply-Chain Expertise to Deliver AIDS Drugs in Africa

Source: The Daily Beast

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent tells Daniel Gross his company is expanding a project that helps nonprofits deliver vaccines in rural Africa more quickly.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Shopping for a Better World

Source: New York Times

To be successful in business today, a company must do more than just sell a good product. According to a recent study (pdf), 80 percent of Americans are likely to switch brands, if comparable in price and quality, to one that supports a social cause.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 — South Asia

Indian Eye Clinic Uses Tiered Pricing to Combat Blindness Among Poor

Source: The Guardian

An expanding network of eye clinics has found an innovative way of providing quality, affordable treatment to millions of blind and visually impaired poor people in India
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